Getting 1 Interrail and 1 Eurail pass

Hi everyone, 

My boyfriend lives in a non-European country and I live in an European country. To my knowledge, if we would like to travel together by train, he has to get an Eurail pass and I have to get an Interrail pass, but the passes are essentially the same just a different name(?) However, I’m wondering if this will lead to any problems along the way, for example with making reservations. Do we both have to do that separately or is there a way we can still do it together? Or is it not really necessary to make bookings together anyway? 

I have tried looking for a similar questions but I didn’t manage to find it. But I’m sorry if this has already been asked before.

Thanks in advance!



Best answer by Yorkie 8 May 2023, 22:07

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The only operational difference is that you can only use the pass in your own country of residence on 2 travel days. A Eurail pass can be used in an unlimited way across the participating countries.

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As the reservations are separate from you pass there is no problem for you to make your reservations together. 


Here is some useful information from the experienced travellers in the Community regarding both planning, reservations and activation of pass and travel days. 


The rail planner is normally not up to date, as it only is updated once a month, so to be sure of the time table you better check the timetable and availability on the websites of the national railways. The bigger national railways, like DB (Germany) SBB (Switzerland) and ÖBB (Austria) cover several countries. 


The advice from the experienced travellers in the community is to use other ways to make reservations than the Interrail/Eurail website.  You can look at the guide in the link:

If you, after having looked at the guide, have questions about how to make specific reservation, please give your travel details (departure date, time and route) preferably in a new topic, and you will get advice.

Please note that Interrail/Eurail charges an extra fee of 2 EUR per person and train in addition to the fee for the seat reservation.

 Activation of pass

During the activation process you choose the start day of the validity of the pass. Once the validity has started it can't be changed even if you haven't travelled. The advice is therefore to wait with activating the pass and starting the validity until the first day of your travel as you only can deactivate the pass no later than 23.59 CET on the day before the validity starts. If your travel plans change in the last moment you can't deactivate the pass and change the validity. 

It can be wise to make a test and activate the pass with a start date well in the future and then deactivate the pass immediately, just to see that everything works.

 Activation of travel day

The advice from the experienced travellers in the community is also never to activate a travel day, that is connect a journey to your pass and create the ticket (QR code), until just before boarding the train, otherwise you might loose a travel day if your travel plans change in a late stage  You can't delete a travel day in the past. A travel day can only be deleted until 23.59 CET the day before the travel day.